• Where have all the blockbuster drugs gone? Long-time passing?

    Posted August 2, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    Where have all the patentable synthetically-made blockbuster drugs gone?
    Long-time passing.
    Where have all the patentable synthetically-made blockbuster drugs gone?
    Long-time ago.
    Where have all the patentable synthetically-made blockbuster drugs gone?
    Gone to patent graveyards everyone.
    When will they ever learn?
    When will they ever learn?

    Big Pharma is about to be dismantled as pharmaceutical patents expire, representing $78 billion in sales. Thirteen drugs including Lipitor, the cholesterol-lowering drug, Plavix, the blockbuster blood thinner, and Nexium, the designer acid blocker/heartburn remedy, will become generic drugs by 2015, says an article in Managed Care magazine.

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  • Newly Proposed FDA Safety Guidelines Could Remove Children’s Vitamins From Store Shelves

    Posted July 27, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    SAN DIMAS, CA (July 26, 2011) -Saying the newly proposed safety guidelines for dietary supplements would likely eliminate most children’s vitamins from store shelves, the first official comment regarding the FDA’s New Dietary Ingredient guidelines has been submitted, and it also calls for dietary supplements to be removed from oversight by the FDA altogether. The newly proposed guidelines were published on July 1 and are subject to a 90-day comment period.

    Bill Sardi, long-time dietary supplement advocate, health writer and dietary supplement formulator, speaking from his office in San Dimas, California, says dietary supplements are safer than tap water, table salt, aspirin and even food and it is unlikely the newly proposed guidelines will make them any safer. His 16-page critique of the FDA’s newly proposed safety tests, available for viewing at www.knowledgeofhealth.com ,demands that an economic impact report be commissioned before any further action is taken by FDA.

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  • Comment: Now is the time to strike back at FDA (the Food & Drugged Administration).

    Posted : by Bill Sardi

    The predicted power grab of herbal and dietary supplements, many which have the same biological action as prescription drugs, is now underway. Drug patents face expiration (see article below) and profits will crash at pharmaceutical companies. Stock prices will fold for Big Pharma. The pipeline for new drugs is bare.

    The New Dietary Ingredient guideline proposed by FDA would cost billions of dollars, result in many supplements being withdrawn from store shelves not because they are unsafe but because they can’t afford the onerous testing requirements to prove they are safe, and will wipe out most small business entities in the supplement business. One consequence, under the FDA guideline, children’s vitamins would virtually disappear, as they must undergo costly 1-3 year tests to prove they don’t cause birth defects. New Dietary Ingredient testing will cost tens of billions of dollars. The retail price for supplements will have to rise to that of drugs, and being unaffordable, consumers won’t be able to buy them.

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  • Response To New Dietary Ingredient Guideline Proposed By FDA

    Posted July 22, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues; Availability

    Docket No. FDA-2011-D-0376
    Comment Tracking Number: 80ec9da3

    Date: July 22, 2011

    To:

    Food & Drug Administration
    5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
    Rockville, MD 20852

    From:

    Bill Sardi
    Knowledge of Health, Inc.
    457 West Allen Avenue, Suite 117
    San Dimas, CA 91773

    This comment is submitted to the FDA under 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)).

    Outline

    1. Introduction
    2. Impracticality
    3. Technical adulteration versus true adulteration
    4. Lack of economic impact data
    5. Impeccable safety record of dietary supplements
    6. FDA history anti-dietary supplement practices
      1. Scare tactics
      2. Censorship of true statements
    7. Need for dietary supplements
    8. Truth in labeling
    9. Dietary supplement overkill; removal from FDA oversight

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  • Dietary Supplements Face Overkill While FDA-Approved Drugs Have A License To Kill

    Posted July 11, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    It’s the middle of summer on a holiday weekend, late on Friday afternoon, and the American public is readying themselves for another 4th of July celebration. It’s the typical point in time, when the populace is distracted, that government agencies often pick to release a bombshell that won’t likely be popular with the public. And it was some bombshell.

    The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) had secretively, albeit belatedly, drafted a 47-page guideline pointed at dietary supplement companies, with a demand they prove their newly introduced products are safe. It was written without input from industry. The rub is that the guideline extends back 16 years to any new dietary ingredient introduced after the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act (DSHEA) was passed in 1994. This includes popular dietary supplements such as resveratrol curcumin, hyaluronic acid, acai berry, and many others. Thousands of new dietary ingredients have been introduced over that time, and only a few hundred of them actually had safety data filed with the FDA. Shame, shame.

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  • The Hoped-For Patient-Driven Health Revolution Fades To Black; Look Towards The Next Generation

    Posted June 9, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    I’m writing in a less hopeful mood today. The optimism that the masses would get wind of the ruse being played upon them by the pharmaceutical companies and the excessive testing and treatment prescribed by doctors is all but a fading dream.

    The Internet was the medium that was predicted to lead a patient-driven health revolution. While the Internet has expanded and penetrated into most American homes over the past decade, no bona fide health revolution is on the horizon. In fact, the greatest online traffic for health related issues emanates from spammers and online hucksters, not from Paul Revere-like pioneers who want to overthrow the reigning disease-care system.

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  • Doctors Concede Their Colleagues Are Robbing From Insurance Funds And Challenge Them To Trim Needless Care – In The New England Journal of Medicine today.

    Posted May 27, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    Having written an e-book on The Collapse of Conventional Medicine about all the needless and ineffective care thrust upon naïve patients, and then having watched the public clamor for more of the same in their opposition to rationed or delayed care has been very perplexing. It’s like the masses are saying “don’t cut Medicare even if it’s killing us.”

    Certainly modern medicine is impoverishing America as health care is now beyond affordability. Revelations today in The New York Times and The New England Journal of Medicine are sobering. A great portion of the financial collapse of America can be pointed towards the high cost of ineffective medicine. To make matters worse, the now common combination of unemployment and illness certainly devastates most families. Yet doctor bills keep rising.

    You can read the litany of unnecessary diagnostic procedures and treatments here.

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  • Patients Can Save On Out-Of-Pocket Costs By Taking Dietary Supplements In Lieu Of Prescription Drugs

    Posted April 29, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    A question arises: would American adults be better off using their out-of-pocket medical expense money to buy dietary supplements rather than drugs?

    Before the dollars-and-cents of this issue is addressed, a major misdirection by American medicine needs to be confronted. The prevailing practice of modern medicine is to consider every malady a drug deficiency. Yet we know so many health problems emanate from overloads or deficiencies of essential nutrients. Examples would be: for a nutrient deficiency — mental depression from a lack of folic acid, and for nutrient excess — high cholesterol, fatty liver and arterial disease from iron overload.

    So many drugs that are prescribed are inappropriate because the condition they are prescribed for has a nutritional origin. The drug never addresses the true cause of disease, it only masks its symptoms. Furthermore, the biological action of most prescription drugs can be duplicated with dietary supplements, with fewer side effects and lower cost.

    There is good reason to search for alternatives to prescription drugs beyond just cost. Inappropriate prescribing is a widespread problem in modern medicine, despite the many checkpoints (doctor, nurse, pharmacist) prior to patient use. Oftentimes, drug therapy can do more harm than good.” One recent study found 69% of elderly patients were prescribed inappropriate medications. This study did not include factoring for underlying nutritional deficiencies caused by drugs themselves.

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  • Cancer: More Care, More Cost, Less Cure

    Posted June 5, 2010: by Bill Sardi

    Health authorities don’t foresee any cancer cures on the horizon. The World Health Organization estimates annual cancer cases will rise from 12.7 million to 21 million, and cancer deaths will jump from 7.6 million to more than 13 million, by the year 2030. That’s over 35,000 people dying of cancer every day. Over those two decades, world population is projected to increase from 7.01 billion to 9.30 billion, a rise of about 30%, while cancer cases and deaths will increase by 65—70%.

    Advancing age is the harbinger of cancer

    Despite concerns over carcinogens in the environment — cancer-causing agents such as herbicides, asbestos, and hormones — cancer is an age-related disease. Cancer was not a major health problem when life expectancy was 48 years for a newborn American child in the year 1900. But the life expectancy of Americans has risen upwards to nearly 80 years today and cancer affects nearly every extended family in America.

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  • How To Prepare For Obamacare: Practice Self-Care

    Posted March 31, 2010: by Bill Sardi

    Question from an LR reader: “I want to ask you what you would prescribe for the US health care system? How much government should be involved, if at all? “What kind of health care system do you think would be the best for our nation?”

    Reply:

    1. All health insurance plans promote irresponsibility. People just run to the doctor and believe their doctor is responsible for keeping them healthy, not themselves.
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